Just a quick update, my second Richard Rex story is available for purchase on your Kindle or for free through Kindle Unlimited. My occult detective is back; this time, he’ll face an unquiet cemetery filled with flesh eating fiends.
To pick it up, click on the link below. If you decide to give it a read, please leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever you are so inclined.
I asked Twitter a few weeks ago if I should write a story about a barbarian Santa Claus fighting Krampus. Well, the week of Christmas has arrived and as an early gift, I’ve written, edited, and built a cover for Kritz & the Krampus. At this time, it is only available on the Kindle for $.99.
Kritz Kringle is a mix of Santa Claus and Conan the Barbarian, which sounds weird and maybe it is. All I know is my beta readers said it was a lot of fun. You can read the synopsis below or pick up your copy here.
“A horned predator stalks the small folk that live at the top of the world. They whisper the name Krampus during the long hours of darkness. Desperate, they seek out a champion to defeat this monster. Kritz Kringle comes to their aid, dressed in red leathers with a war hammer in hand. If he can defeat this Krampus, what will he do about the dozens of them that are thirsting for blood?”
I’ve always enjoyed the sword & sorcery genre started by the late Robert E. Howard. I finally decided to try and write some.
I hope you enjoy. I’d also like to wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and brightest of new years. I’ll see you in 2022.
Hello faithful reader. I am sorry for my delinquent blogging. I was a benefits administrator for my previous employer when Covid hit and as you can imagine my life got busy. I also had a baby, who has swiftly turned into a toddler. I am still writing, but I’m still learning to find my way in this new dynamic. So, I appreciate your patience with me.
I know a lot of you are curious about the Winston & Baum short story collection that I teased in 2019. I have the stories written and edited. As some of you are very fond of Winston & Baum, it will come as no surprise that members of my own family are also fans. One of my biggest fans was my Dad. He would reread the series at least twice a year and always tell me which book he was on. I lost my father in July of 2020 (not to Covid, but it sucks all the same). As such, I have been dragging my feet on this one. It’s the first one he won’t be able to read, and I’ve had trouble with that. I do apologize to those who have so patiently waited for this book. I promise it will be released, and I will keep you all posted through this blog and my various social media accounts as to when. Sorry to spill into my personal life, but I felt you all deserve the truth.
Now, on to more upbeat news, I do have a new short story that came out last month. It is a mix of Arthurian Legend & the C’thulhu Mythos. I know it sounds a little weird, and I am nothing if not a little weird (just ask the voices in my head). It is exclusively available for Kindle here. Below is the cover. So, if you are so inclined give it a read and leave a review.
That’s all for now. I have a few more things in the works that I’ll update as they get closer to release. As always, thank you for your patience and support.
Terror Beneath Cactus Flats has received a 4-star review on Goodreads.
James Rhodes had the following to say: “This is a great fun non-stop action piece. The author has set it in tourist western ghost town which allows for a good bit of cross genre entertainment. The pace is maintained from the first page to the last.
This book makes for an excellent short read, though I would also enjoy a longer read in the same universe.”
Thanks James for the great review. If you dear reader have read any of my works, please consider leaving a review on Goodreads or Amazon.
To pick up a copy of Terror Beneath Cactus Flats for only $0.99, just click on the cover below. Keep checking back for more updates on what I’ve got going on.
John Carpenter is by no means unknown to the world of movies that make you think and leave you feeling freaked out. He has such classics as The Thing and Prince of Darkness. However, his most interesting and shudder-inducing film, in my humble opinion, is In the Mouth of Madness.
This film borrows thematically from the master of weird fiction, H.P. Lovecraft. Where most films go wrong with Lovecraft is trying to adapt a direct story. Most of these, with a few exceptions, are poor at best. However, John Carpenter took the source material and found the consistent themes running within. We have an average man, who finds himself facing something beyond his scope of understanding. The terror of this film is not in a monster, but a world turned on its head.
This film stars Sam Neil, Jurgen Prochow, with Charlton Heston in a supporting role. Click on the image below to pick up a copy, and the official synopsis is below.
Synopsis: Imagine a novel so overwhelmingly hypnotic, so tremendously horrifying that it paralyzes its audience with fear and turns even its most sensible readers insane. When the author disappears, an insurance investigator hired to find the writer discovers far more than he could ever imagine in this spellbinding thriller. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park,” TV’s “Merlin”), Jürgen Prochnow (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The English Patient”), Julie Carmen (“Gloria,” “The Milagro Beanfield War”), Emmy-winner David Warner (“Titanic,” TV’s “Masada”) and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Charlton Heston (“Ben Hur,” “The Ten Commandments”). Directed by John Carpenter (“Escape from New York,” “They Live”).
For all of those who follow me or have come by during Dragoncon, today is the last day of the convention and the last day to pick up a free Kindle short.
You can pick up Terror Beneath Cactus Flats (A Weird Western) for free. Click on the cover below to go pick up your copy or read on below for the synopsis.
Synopsis: Jed, the fresh faced deputy Marshall of Cactus Flats, finds himself put to the test as an unknown evil besieges the small town. In order to save the townsfolk, Jed will have to venture into the old abandoned mines and confront the evil awaiting within.
Out today, the third Winston & Baum Steampunk Adventure: Winston & Baum and the Disk of Night. It’s only available on the Kindle for now, but the paperback will soon be following.
Synopsis: Dan Winston & Lee Baum, the premier monster-exterminating duo of England, find themselves called to America. Billy Hoffster Johnson, a Texas cattle baron and former client of Dan’s, arrives with news that a group of skinwalkers, long dead, are once again menacing his ranch and have murdered famed monster hunter and Dan’s friend, Pecos Slim. The medicine man that revived these villains seems to be after more than their blood. When a strange black disk is uncovered, bringing with it unholy magic, Dan and Lee are all that stand between the evil man and the chaos surrounding the dark artifact. With their very souls on the line, can the exterminators of the strange and weird rise to the challenge?
Also included in this volume, Brackish Thumtum, everyone’s favorite goblin, stars in his own solo adventure: Brackish & the Sleeping Maidens.
To pick up your Kindle copy click on the cover below.
Thanks for reading and keep checking back for more updates on where I’ll be and what I’m up to.
The best way that I can describe this book is that Stephen King and HP Lovecraft collaborated on the Wizard of Oz. The main protagonist in our story is merely following a recurring dream that he has. As he traverses the path, he finds that he is jumping in and out of our world and traveling great distances through the “fissure.” On his quest to find the cathedral, he encounters a “foggy man” who is leaving monsters and traps in his path in order to beat him to the prize at the end of the journey. I loved his relationship with his wife; while they did keep it light, I feel that the author had them in this joking relationship, where the humor was used to keep both characters from breaking under stress. I can understand where some people might find that annoying, but for me, it made them a better couple who were both playing along to help the other one cope.
Decision: One of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes weird fiction in the vein of HP Lovecraft or Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.
In Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror part of the story comes from the military trying to capture the legendary creature to experiment on it for weapons purpose. The government weaponizing a creature like this might seem far-fetched, but when you consider that the first applications looked at for any new technology are military it makes a certain amount of sense. Don’t believe me? Remember when we learned to split the atom and the first thing we did was power cities with the energy . . . oh wait, I mean we levelled an entire city with it. Most modern advancements in technology have come through military developments or were first engineered for military purposes.
So why wouldn’t they do the same with supernatural opportunities? This is some of the thoughts that went into crafting the military experience that is part of Friedkin’s Curse and more explored in Friedkin’s Legacy (working title), the next book in the Friedkin’s Horror series. Larry Correia has some similar ideas about the government’s harvesting of supernatural weapons (explored in both his Monster Hunter International and Grimnoir Chronicles). I recently had the pleasure of serving on a panel with Kimberly Richardson (the Goth Librarian), she stated that we shared a favorite werewolf film: Dog Soldiers, which pits soldiers against werewolves when a capture operation goes wrong. There is also Project: Metalbeast, a direct-to-video classic from the 90s, which has a genetically altered werewolf super-soldier wreaking havoc in a bunker. The military industrial complex isn’t the only government office to get into the werewolf enhancement department, Full Eclipse is a film where a special Los Angeles Police Squad is augmented using werewolf serum to combat crime.
All of these are great examples of the government “investigating” new and experimental procedures to help further the combat effectiveness of new creatures. I’ve provided a list of these works below, so just click on the pictures if you are interested. Next time the moon is full and you hear howling and sirens, just tell yourself that they are unrelated.
Below is the Ghost Story that I told as part of the Ghost Story panel at Connooga 2015. The audience member before me, told a very emotional and dark story of one of his encounters. Because of this, I adjusted my telling of this story. Anyone, who has ever heard me tell this tale, knows that I normally emphasize the darker nature of it. Given the somber mood of the room, I wanted to lighten it up and rev the audience back up. So I decided to emphasize the humor in it. I’ll go ahead and apologize for the less than fantastic audio quality, but you should be able to hear everything just fine. Enjoy!